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Prayer vigil for executed Coptic Christians

To be held Tuesday 24 February

By Catherine Sheehan, Media and Communications

A paryer vigil will be held this Tuesday 24 February in Melbourne for the 21 Coptic Christians recently slaughtered by Islamic State in Libya.

The vigil has been organised by the Coptic Orthodox Community of Melbourne in partnership with the Victorian Council of Churches and will be held at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne on Tuesday at 8pm.

A graphic video was released on Sunday 15 February showing the execution of 21 Egyptian Christians by IS militants in Libya.

In response to the brutal killings, Pope Francis said on Monday 16 February that he was deeply saddened and stated, ‘They were murdered just for being Christians.’ (Rome Reports, Monday 16 February 2015)

The Pope urged all Christians to unite in their belief in Christ saying, ‘a common Christian witness is a necessary requisite for the effectiveness of our efforts to evangelise.’

He went on to say, ‘The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is blood that cries out to the Lord. Whatever denomination of Christian they are all one—the blood is the same. And the blood confesses Christ.’

Lenten Reflections at the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre

Wednesdays, 12.30—1pm: 18, 25 February, 4, 11, 18, 25 March, 1 April

Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, 362 Albert St, East Melbourne

Like 30 minutes of quiet out of your busy day? Join us for a time to reflect together on the graces of the special season of Lent.

Contact: 9926 9300

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Five Fridays: A Lenten Reflection Series with the Capucin Friars

Fridays, 7pm: 27 February, 6, 13, 20, 27 March

Sts Peter and Paul Church, 377 Dorcas St, South Melbourne
Enter into the heart of the Lenten season with reflections from the Capucin friars, Adoration and music, followed by a social gathering. There will be Stations of the Cross at 6.30pm.
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Short Course in Jesus' Passion, Death And Resurrection

Wednesdays 25 February, 4 March, 11 March and 18 March 2015, 6.30pm-8pm

Christ Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

A Short Course offered by the Australian Catholic University for the public in 2015. It is an opportunity to explore the most important topics of Christian faith during the season of Lent with theologians from ACU, including Rev. Prof. Anthony Kelly CSsR and Rev. Prof. Francis Moloney SDB. The Course will follow the events of the Triuduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday), as they are stated in the Apostles' Creed.

Men Alive Men's weekend - Doveton

28 February 2015 - 1 March 2015

Where: Holy Family Church,100 Power Rd, Doveton
Cost:$30 per person (Includes: Workshops, morning and afternoon tea and BBQ dinner on Saturday.)
RSVP: By Saturday 14th of Feb

The menALIVE Men’s Weekend is an opportunity for men to explore what makes them feel fully alive. During the weekend, the menALIVE team will share about their lives, the challenges they face and the hope they have discovered in seeking to walk this journey with God. Perhaps the most important thing the weekend offers is space for men to reflect and opportunities to share with one another about themselves and their lives. The experience of the weekend is powerful and dynamic and many men are inspired and encouraged with a new sense of purpose and mission.


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